Post # 1
All this talk of Hooters etc got me thinking about restaurants I refuse to go to. You see, I won’t go to Hooters ever … not because I object to the scantily clad girls or because I don’t like the beer selection … no, I won’t go to Hooters because when I was in high school, I heard a story second-hand about someone getting really bad food poisoning there. So now I absolutely cannot break the link in my mind between food poisoning and Hooters. This may have been the ONLY case of someone getting food poisoning in the history of that restaurant, but THAT DOES NOT MATTER. I won’t eat there.
I also won’t eat at Boston Market because when I was a kid, family friends got a chicken dinner from there and they all got sick from it. Once again, could have totally been a freak occurrence and this was literally almost twenty years ago, but no WAY am I ever going to eat Boston Market food.
Of course, when I was in high school, Jack in the Box was in the news for giving a bunch of people e.Coli but apparently I didn’t take that news as hard, as I still happily chow down on Jumbo Jacks and tacos whenever the urge strikes. Haha I guess I selectively enforce my rules!
Are there any places you refuse to go for reasons that you know in your heart are absolutely ridiculous? ‘fess up!
Post # 3
I won’t eat at Red Lobster because I don’t believe their food is fresh. How can you have fresh seafood if you’re not next to the ocean???? Which is ridiculous because obviously good restaurants ALSO have fresh food delivered on a regular basis…
Though I wouldn’t eat at a Red Lobster regardless. Nor more chains.
Post # 4
Hahah I may win this one. One of my favourite restaurants in town recently made a new rule that each person could only have one take out container for their food. These containers are tiny!! And I can’t eat much in one sitting. So I was annoyed that I wasn’t allowed to bring both my rice and noodles home since they wouldn’t give me a separate container for the rice. I barely said anything besides asking if i could pay for a seperate container, being denied, and then commenting on how silly of a rule it is, but I haven’t been back since.
Post # 5
@peachacid: you know, I always felt the same suspicion with Red Lobster, and yeah, I ate sushi from a chain called Ra in both Las Vegas and Scottsdale, AZ … so clearly proximity to the ocean doesn’t bother me when it comes to other sources of fish, haha. I also get very concerned because they have that all-you-can-eat shrimp deal sometimes. HOW CAN THE SHRIMP NOT BE POISON IF YOU’RE WILLING TO LET PEOPLE HAVE AS MUCH AS THEY WANT FOR LIKE $12?!?!?!?!?!?!? They’re up to something in that place. No doubt about it.
@WannaBeeMrsB: what!??! That is an insane rule! Definitely worth a permanent boycott, haha. I don’t care HOW good the food is 😛
DH refused to go back to a place near our house when we lived in VA because he got a hair in his food. Like, we went there a billion times, then one day he got one hair, and yeah that’s gross and all, but is it never eat there again gross? Okay maybe, yes. It is.
Post # 6
@iarebridezilla: i wont eat at the local applebees or hardees (carls jr), because there is a girl that works there that is insane, drives me nuts and is a major stalker. 0.0
i also wont eat at chick fil a because of their stance on gay rights…yeah i’m one of ‘those’ people. haha
Post # 7
I don’t eat at Cracker Barrel because the puzzles they put on the tables frustrate me. For some reason, I’m just really bad at those puzzles. I hang my head in shame.
Post # 8
@peachacid: I live about an hour from the ocean. We have the best authentic sushi restaurant in my city. Always fresh. The chef makes the trip daily to the fish market every morning before he opens the doors. Some restaurants make the effort.
But I get that maybe Red Lobster may not be as diligent. Especially sea food restaurants in the middle of the United States, not remotely near an ocean!
Post # 9
I won’t eat at a restaurant in our town because one time I listened to the owner completely rip apart a 16 year old girl at Starbucks for not ‘stirring fast enough’. He called her ‘uneducated’ and said ‘this is what you get for minimum wage’. After he started making sexist comments I told him that if his coffee wasn’t good enough there was another Starbucks down the road.
I belive that anyone who treats another human being that way will treat their employees just as bad. So i’ve started a boycott because the owners a complete jerk.
Don’t judge me for my stubborn behavior. lol.
Post # 10
@bleusteel: hahahahahahahahaha okay this is my winner so far … but hey, you certainly don’t need to pay good money to be made to feel inadequate by a restaurant and their stupid puzzles! I’ve never eaten at Cracker Barrel before, mostly because the decor offends me. Because, you know … I’m sensible.
ETA: “offends” like “is ugly” not like it is actually offensive 🙂
Post # 11
@bleusteel: Once in a blue moon I’ll get down to one peg and it is the BEST feeling
I won’t go to an all you can eat buffet. DH always wants to get all you can eat sushi and I refuse. I don’t see how there cannot be parasites. There’s also a half price sushi place near our house that he comments on pretty much everytime we drive by. SUSHI SHOULD NOT GO ON SALE.
Did anyone hear about the TGIFridays in NJ serving rubbing alcohol instead of liquor? Yeah, not eating at a Fridays ever again.
Post # 12
@iarebridezilla: I boycotted a certain Subway location because they were super cheap on my toppings once… like 7 years ago lol. When I asked for a bit more, the guy gave me ONE more slice of cucumber. I was like WTF?
I never go to Red Lobster because the two times I was there back when I was a kid in the 90s weren’t so good. Maybe something has changed in the last 20 years, though?!
We generally stick to our favorite/regular restaurants. If it ain’t broke…
Post # 13
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@iarebridezilla: Most of the reasons I won’t eat at certain places is because of a previous bad experience, no matter how trivial.
Buffalo Wild Wings: They served DH a lettuce with a beastly piece of lettuce that wasn’t cut up at all. Seriously I even took a pic of it:
Subway: BAD food poisoning once.
Red Lobster: Served me a salad with FROZEN hard lettuce.
Tons of local restaurants that no one would ever know of if I mentioned their names are on the no-go list because of terrible service and bad food/menu choices.
Post # 14
I won’t eat at Chick Fil A because they donate money to anti-gay groups.
I won’t eat at Shoneys because I saw a 20/20 special on it when I was a kid about some location that had all these health code violations.
I won’t eat at Hardys because I went to one once on a road trip and saw a guy in the back drop fries then scoop them up and put them in the fryer (yes– we left immediately).
I won’t eat meat at any of the lower priced fast food places (mcDs, burger king, taco bell, etc) because I saw this mockumentary a few years ago about food processing plants and this guy got his leg ground off by a meat grinder and they still made burgers out of it. (Which I realize PROBABLY doesn’t happen. But it grossed me out enough I basically stopped eating fast food… so that’s a good thing over all! lol)
Post # 15
@LGenz: ahhhh! My DH is also obssessed with all you can eat buffets!!! I mean never mind the fact that “all I can eat” in one sitting isn’t really an impressive amount … but as I always say to him, “if I wanted to eat someone’e sneeze, I could easily just lay my head in your lap for a while and save both time and money.” Because yeah, I CANNOT not think of buffets as just one enormous sneezed-on pile of food poisoning.
@canarydiamond: LOL that’s a hell of a grudge against Subway but I’m sure they deserved it. That guy probably still works there, still shorting people on their cucumber like a big jerk.
Post # 16
i won’t eat at taco bell because a guy i dated a long time ago said they put ground up meal worms in their meat. i’m sure it’s not true but anytime i think of taco bell, that’s what i think of.